More quick and dirty: iWork 08 reviews

27Sep07

Computerworld has published a review on the latest release of Apple’s office suite: iWork 08. The suite includes Pages (word processor), Numbers (spreadsheet), and Keynote (presentation).

According to Computerworld:

Users comfortable with Microsoft Office may find it takes time to get used to iWork. Advanced Word and Excel users, especially those who rely on specialized features and functions, will probably find Pages and Numbers to be limited.
But overall, iWork ’08 is beautifully designed—a compelling product and great value for consumers and small business alike. It brings tons of innovation over previous versions of iWork as well as many office suites on the market. And it turns typical office tasks and documents into creative outlets. That it offers all that it does for $79 is, frankly, hard to believe.

MacNN is doing a series of iWork 08 reviews with Pages being the first. Jon Aziz gives Pages a 4 out of 5 rating.

Pages ’08 adds plenty of new features and perfects lingering issues from the previous version. Several quirks remain, such as Spelling and Grammar check, but it is good as a personal word processor and great as a page layout program.

Aziz echoes the same sentiment when it comes to users who are deep into using advanced in Microsoft Word

Do not toss Microsoft Word if you need advanced word processing and editing features. Pages is best when you want to be more creative and don’t want to deal with a complicated word processor.

He goes on to recommend Pages

to anyone who wants to do free-flow work and have some fun with their documents. The iWork ’08 suite is $79 and includes Pages, Keynote, and Numbers. The price is certainly right when you consider the range of applications included in the package.

For Mac users who are curious how good iWork 08 is, you can test drive it for 30 days. Go download a trial copy at Apple.

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